From humble beginnings, the Modern Star Group has evolved into Australia’s number one partner and supplier of educational resources to early childhood centres and primary schools, with a growing presence across Asia, including China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Over the last 60 years, Modern Teaching Aids, Modern Brands, Zart, Kesco and CleverPatch have become entrenched in the fabric of the teaching community in both Australia and New Zealand. Each brand is renowned for its innovative product range, exceptional product quality, strong customer service and fast, reliable delivery.
In 2016, The Modern Star Group’s parent company made an investment in Wisdom, a China-based provider of educational equipment resources. Wisdom has a strong brand following amongst kindergartens in China and has equipment manufacturing capabilities domestically. It also exports early childhood furniture to MTA for distribution throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Over the past three years MTA has collaborated with Wisdom to build a word-class product range of early childhood educational resources which are sold into Chinese kindergartens alongside furniture. The Modern Star group and Wisdom have continued to grow well above industry norms every year since they launched, with further organic and acquisition expansion planned.
Modern Star has evolved since 1956 from “the man in the van” selling educational resources into early childhood services to its position today as a trusted long-term partner in education with unrivalled direct access to the teaching community.
Modern Star acquires the assets of Empowered Learning
Modern Star Group acquires Educating Kids
Modern Star Group acquires Serrata
Modern Star Group invests in Zart
Modern Star Group acquires Genie Educational
Modern Star Group invests in CleverPatch
Modern Star Group invests and partners with Wisdom
Modern Star Group acquires Kesco Educational
Modern Star Group formed with Modern Teaching Aids and Modern Brands as subsidiaries
First annual education fundraising catalogue issued by Parent Direct
Modern Teaching Aids acquires Kangaroo Educational, branded as Tutor Warehouse in New Zealand
Birth of Modern Teaching Aids
Values & Vision
We inspire children’s learning and creativity with our passion for people, quality and service. We respect, listen, communicate, act and continue to learn.